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COMING Uin 2019     

January: 

















by Anne Johnson and Sef Townsend 
with illustrations by Belinda Evans, 
was published during National Storytelling 
Week in January 
LAUNCHED! with  events at 
The Museum of London, 
V&AMuseum of Childhood, 
and Rye Books, East Dulwich.

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February:  
THE PONGO'S DREAM, Matlock  

















March:                                        
THE PONGO'S DREAM, Stafford 
The Bird in Hand, 1 Victoria Square 
ST16 2AQ Stafford 
Tuesday, 12th March at 7.30pm
  
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April:   
A Trip to Scotland . . .
To tell "WORLDS APART"
From his own research in Chile, Argentina and Korea Sef 
brings stories from two completely different worlds
SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE, Edinburgh
Thursday 11th April, 7pm
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THE PONGO'S DREAM, Cambridge  
at the Edge Cafe,
Friday 12th April, food from 6.30, telling starts at 7pm
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May:  
       
A Trip to Northern Ireland . . .
Telling at the YARNSPINNERS, Belfast 
Thurs, 16th May, at 7.30pm
Fri,  17th May Children's Storytelling in Belfast Libraries
Sat, 18th May Adult Storytelling Workshop (details tbc)

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June: 

East AnglianStorytelling Festival







Elmswell, Bury St. Edmunds  IP30 9Y
14th-16th June

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Refugee Week 


Stories from The Middle East in 
The Jameel Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum

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November: 




And  a  storytelling  & workshop  tour  
of Colombia  and  Ecuador 
in November of  2019.            
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December:
“Whose Story is it Anyway?”
A practical course looking into the oral tradition in much of our sacred texts and literature. We will examine the differences in oracy and literacy and see how the telling of shared experience often creates conflicting narratives. A central story in the Bible and the Qur’an will be discussed.
Sarum College, 
Centre for Christian Education, Salisbury
Thursday 11thDecember, 10am-4pm

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And looking back in 2018 . . .








                     




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January
THE PONGO'S DREAM
told by SeTownsend, 
Hosted by Coventry Storytelling
at the Big Comfy Bookshop, 
Wed 17th January, from7.00 pm
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THE PONGO'S DREAM  or . . .
 at The Brewhouse, Burton on Trent






















- from deserts, and mountains; from vast plains, and 
from islands at the end of the earth. These are the stories 
of the people who disappeared from the land, the secret 
stories of those who survived, and of those now inhabiting 
all corners of this remarkable world.
Storytelling Nights for Grown Ups 
24th Jan at The Brewhouse, Burton on Trent
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March:
("Storytelling and Refugees”) in Greece

Sat & Sunday, 3rd &4th March 2018 in Athens,Greece www.e-mythos.eu Greece
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THE PONGO'S DREAM 


















From recent research in Chile and Argentina Sef brings 
tales from that 'other', often overlooked, América. . . 
With the captivating rhythms of Tango, Cueca and Chacarera
from Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade on button accordion.
Wed 7th March, 7.30 Tales in the Courtyard, Lichfield
. . . And also at 
"Stories Around the Fire" IRISH CULTURAL CENTRE
on Friday, 24th March, 8.00 pm
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April:
MUSLIM NEWS AWARDS












Telling an opening story (with Khaled Hakim on Daf frame 
drum and Erdal Ünsalan on Saz) at this Gala Dinner for 
Excellent Service from Muslims to British Society
Mon 23rd April, Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London

May:
THE PONGO'S DREAM 

















SURREY STORYTELLERS, Ewell KT17 2AS
Friday 25th

AND . . .
Proud to be launching a new spoken word event:
StoryVibes
Tues 29th, Kitchen Garden, Birmingham B14 7SA 

June:
Finished writing
LONDON FOLK TALES for CHILDREN   
(History Press)

by Anne Johnson and Sef Townsend with illustrations 
by Belinda Evans, and which will be published during National Storytelling Week in January 2019.
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July: 
Boishakhi Mela
UK based Bangladeshi Culture Festival
Family Storytelling with  Shamim Azad & Paul Burgess

Sat,1st July, 1:00-6:00pm
Bethnal green, Derbyshire St, London E2 6HJ
  

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August:
Victoria Park Day - A Great Day Out


















. . .  with Bangladeshi storyteller-poet  Shamim Azad & 
homegrown multi discipline performer Paul Burgess
Tales, Songs and join-in games from all traditions for all the family
Located around the Bandstand, Area C, Victoria Park,
Sat,4th , 11:00-5:00pm
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FAMILY FUN EVENT
Using stories, songs and games to bring together families 
from different backgrounds (settled and refugee) and to get 
people meeting each other.
Wed 8th, 2 - 5pm Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church, 
Birmingham 0121 582 0767

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September:
An afternoon of activities at the Woods in its 
75th Anniversary Year
Storytelling 
in the woods in
Oxford's hidden
natural treasure.
along with . . .

canopy walkway, get up close to bats, enjoy tractor rides, , and much much more!
Saturday 8th September 2pm-5pm 

The Hair In The Milk told by Sef Townsend



















Stories from the darker side of Talmud 
and ancient Jewish folklore - The demon queen, the malicious ghost the uninvited visitor at the maternity bed...
Wed 12th Sept, 7.30 The White Lion, 24 Middle St, Beeston  NG9 1FX

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October:
STORIES at THE LANGUAGES FESTIVAL
The Languages of London 
Je suis un Londonien.     আমিএকজনলন্ডনলোক                                                                                           
Я лондонець       نا لندوني      Ben bir Londra kişiyim   
  나는 런던 출신이다      Abu m Londoner        我是伦敦人 
  Soy londinense    我是伦敦人 Mo wa Londoner kan
     Jestem londynczykiem         Tá mé ó Londain  
London is a diverse and global city, which is home to the speakers of over 300 languages. These languages all help to tell the story of London's people, who we are and where we come from.
And so this month I will be working in schools in the riverine East End, where through story we will be looking at how we and families our ancestors speak, culminating in the Museum of London Languages of  London festival. 

Museum of London, Docklands
on Sat. 3rd; Sun. 4th November 2018.

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Storie in Tasca - Festival Internazionale di Narrazione

The Goat, the Dove and the Wandering Jew.

Centuries of Story and Song have kept a people together
Secoli di storie e canzoni hanno tenuto insieme un popolo Ma di che parliamo? Delle storie umoristiche degli Shlemiels e degli Shlemozzel dello Shtetl dell’Europa dell’Est? I Kabayeros e i Kantigas di Sarajevo e Salonicco? Oppure dei Romanceros vagabondi dell’Ebraismo mediterraneo e orientale?
O storie dal lato oscure di Talmud dove ci sono demoni regine, fantasmi maliziosi o ospiti non invitati nel letto di infanzia. . ? Prendiamo un assaggio di queste comunità molto diverse, ma in qualche modo connesse, di un popolo antico attraverso le storie che 
sono sopravvissute nei secoli.
Let's get a taste of these very different, but somehow connected communities of an ancient people through the stories that have survived the centuries.
12-13-14 October
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October & November: 
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Stories for the whole family Sat,27th October, Sat 17th & 24th November @ 11.0, 13.00 &15.00
V&A, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL

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Spiritual & Cultural Appreciation Day
I'll be telling at this bold and innovative project run by NHS & Essex Partnership University. The whole idea is to promote understanding among our diverse communities
Wednesday 28th November, 9.30-15.30
Chapter House, Chelmsford Cathedral

   






















                                         
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December:

Very happy to be sharing stories at this great event encouraging young writers of the Muslim community.  

Saturday 1st December, 12noon
Senate House, London WC1E 7HU
                     

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In Aqaba and the Southern Desert, Jordan
العقبة ووادي رم - الأردن










                      
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And looking back in 2017
January
Winter term January to March
Continuing with Everyday Magic's 3-year storytelling programme: "We Are Londoners" in London schools. Through story, song and rhyme we are aiming to strengthen children's sense of their own self, their identity and their place in the world



The Hair In The Milk told by Sef Townsend


Stories from the darker side of Talmud and ancient Jewish folklore - The demon queen, the malicious ghost
How do mere mortals cope?
Wed 18th January



Lichfield Storytellers
Tales in the Courtyard is a unique club in Lichfield, open to all adults, bringing the traditional art of storytelling to modern audiences.
Wed 1st February , 7.30   Duke of York, Lichfield

A full day of creative storytellingwith all classes telling stories from across the globe.
  
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March
Continuing throughout March with Everyday Magic's 3-year storytelling programme: "We Are Londoners" in London schools. 



April - May
CHILE and ARGENTINA  7thApril -16thMay





Performance, Workshop & Research Tour 
Storytelling in schools and working with education professionals to build their skills in telling.
(This is in collaboration with Dream On productions, Buenos Aires).
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June:
40 WiNKS,Stepney, London E1


 ...supreme detail in his every expression and movement...
left me open-mouthed and my skin frosty..."





Wed 7th June         www.40winks.org

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Torriano Meeting House. 
99 Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RX

'All Sef's stories are heart-felt and meticulously researched. His performances are at times finely nuanced and at others wild affairs of joyful singing and arm-waving. Love it!"
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August:
Family Storytelling together with Alia Alzougbi 
Sat, 5th August, 11:00-16:00
London E3 5TB


V&A Museum & British Museum

Stories for the whole family at this traditional 
The Rabbit on The Moon and other traditional  stories 
 
                  








Everyday Magic
Continuing our 3 year storytelling programme: 


BLAST! Beautiful Lies and Startling Truths
The Hair In The Milk told by Sef Townsend
Bishops Castle Town Hall, www.bishopscastletownhall.co.uk
Door open at 7.30 for 8.00pm start. Tickets £7.00. 

November
At Rich Mix

Friday,10th November 7.30-9.30 Rich Mix
See East Archive Trailer:
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From the Street of Stories - from the Qissa Khwani

V&A South Asian
Stories for the whole family 
on the Temple Steps in the South Asia Gallery


Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Family stories and songs of the winter, the flowers that grow, and which are associated with the season of the cold.

January
Ye Old Rose and Crown, 10 Market Square, Stafford
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Birmingham Storytelling Café












THE STRANGER IN THE STORY-YOU OR ME? CONNECTING CULTURES THROUGH STORYTELLING.

"The Goat, the Dove & the Wandering Jew"
 info:rienvm@yahoo.co.uk.
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EVERYDAY MAGIC

SPINE FESTIVAL in Kensington & Bexleyheath
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with thanks to the family Napoli
Action Songs, Chants, Dances & Join-in-Activities 

Sat. 10th September Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Fri. 16th September British Museum, London
October -December:


November:
Story Night at Torriano
Stories from the darker side of Talmud and ancient Jewish folklore - The demon queen, the malicious ghost
the uninvited visitor at the maternity bed...
How do mere mortals cope?
Saturday 24th January 2015, 7:30PM 
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Sat 16th May, Wytham Woods, Oxford


The Andes. This is in collaboration with Dream On 
Adults and children

Nestled alongside the magnificent and magical 
August:

September:
Victoria and Albert Museum
Stories for Chuseok 추석: 한국 가족 대축제

October:
Schools Tour of China













with Dream On productions, Buenos Aires.


Robertsbridge, East Sussx

working with asylum detainees and with settled refugees in and around Oxford.



Oldham Library & Lifelong Learning Centre. www.oldham.gov.uk

           
Sat 30th August


Stowtellers: Walthamstow Storytelling Club




Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road,
London NW11 7SX
Tel: 020 8457 5000

New Malden Korean Community All day storytelling, for schools, families, and adults with theaim of bringing the Korean and non Korean communities together in this unique corner of The Borough of Kingston.



Campsfield immigration
The conference examines the teachings of contempt in each of the three Abrahamic religions, and by doing so, learn how we can combat these. 
 
National Storytelling Week
"Leadership for Peace" (towards peace education in schools) 
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19th - 23rd,September, 2012
40 WiNKS,
Link up project for faith schools
                             

& Disabilty with all classes from Year 1 to Year 6
the Middle Sea, with help from Italo Calvino.
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YMCA  Jerusalem


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